Little Pieces of Gold's Showcase for New Writing
Playwrights imagine the future in Festopia at Theatre 503! What to See: Lyn Gardner's Theatre tips, The Guardian (Little Pieces of Gold's Festopia, Theatre503 Jan 2013)
This production is filled with a wonderful variety of wit and humour, clever concepts and poignancy. This is really worth seeing. As a production, it has charisma and contrast with interesting ideas on the future but with plenty of good humour thrown in. Everything Theatre (Festopia, Theatre503, Jan 2013)
Little Pieces of Gold is a regular showcase for bold, thought provoking, entertaining new drama with each show featuring an eclectic mix of short plays selected from around 300 submissions. We have staged sell-out shows at the Etcetera Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Theatre503 and our writers have garnered interest from theatre literary departments and literary agents. Little Pieces of Gold is an opportunity for new writers to get their voices heard, for directors and performers to flex their creative muscles on a London stage and for audiences to engage with innovative and enriching work that has something to say about the way we live now.
24th June, Park Theatre
Shortlisted writers: the final line-up will be announced w/c 20 May
Tom Harvey (Sound of Birds) Alix Hearn (Him, Her & Us)
Dom Riley (Guardian Angel) Paul Kalburgi (Behind Closed Doors) Richard Stainer (Strivers) Caroline Dunford (Breakfast after Dark), Tosin Omosebi (Explanation Pending) Mark Spence (Cut to Death) Catherine Harvey
(Watching) Cicely Gill (Looking for Jake Brown) Tom Crawshaw (None of the Above) Tom Critch (Tramp on my Sofa) Amber Dodd (Tea with Grandma) Sarah Hehir (March), James Fritz (A Big Fridge) Isley Lynn (June) Daniel Cummings (The Axe Factor) Jonny Bussell (Apple) Sam Grabiner (Schoolboy) Serena Haywood (Castles in the Air) Hugo Plowden (Through) Lisa Carroll (Before) Lily Bevan (The Visit) Chris Doran (Kebabs) Andrew Curtis (Cross Country) Gabriel Kemlo (Zuiderzee) Braham Lyons (The Candidate), Jake Miller (They'll Always be a Paris ) Brian Mullin (Ask Me) Emily Nightingale (Marathon) Janine Atkin (Love Is) Jeremy Tiang (GrossGlockner)
Here's what some of our writers say!
Little Pieces of Gold really is a little piece of gold - there's no glitter in sight. Its creative director Suzette is supportive and encouraging of new writing and it is a great place to showcase your work. After my short play 'TOILET' was put on at one of the events, I was picked up by a BBC person who then invited me in for meetings and a training course for writing for BBC. I really appreciate LPoG and hope that it goes on shining.
Atiha Sen Gupta TOILET (for LPoG) WHAT FATIMA DID (Hampstead Theatre)
I can't think of anywhere else or anyone else who would have given me the opportunity. It was a brilliant experience in a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment. I highly recommend it.
Alison Rose, SMALL MERCIES, LOVE BIRDS
To start with, being able to see your work on its feet in front of an audience is the biggest thrill. The shows normally sell out, so you're playing to a packed, eager crowd. Each show has a real variety of themes and styles and you're on amongst your peers. It's a great arena to try ideas out you may use in longer work and see what reaction it gets from the audience. I've also met and gone on to work again with directors, writers and actors through LPG. Finally, LPG enables you to show people what you do - it's helped me get longer work produced, get agents interested and get published. You really should write that short play and send it in - from the smallest acorns and all that ...
Jimmy Osborne, THIS IS JACK, LEAVE A MESSAGE ALRIGHT, PERFECTION, TRANMISSION (for LPoG), MEAT (Theatre 503)
LPoG was a unique opportunity for my short play, MAYBE NINA, to encounter an interested and
new-theatre-seeking audience. A special experience all round.
Shir Freibach MAYBE NINA
I had a play about the London riots performed as part of LPoG in late 2011. What was great about the experience was working with a brilliant young director and actors who really brought the play to life. Soon after I got agent and have had several other short pieces performed since.
Andrew Curtis, A RIOT OF MY OWN
The standard of work is high and the competition stiff so, after a few previous attempts, I was extra delighted when my short play Indignitas was selected by Little Pieces of Gold to be part of Festopia. The tech rehearsals at Theatre 503 were orchestrated with supreme professionalism
by LPG's mega-unflappable stage manager Marie Kearney (by comparison the average NASA astronaut would come across as a dithering incompetent). On the night the house was packed, the performances of all the plays was spellbinding, and the audience was buzzing. Little Pieces of Gold offers writers a seriously professional yet exciting and enjoyable opportunity in a creative supportive atmosphere. 24 carats!
Jonathan Skinner, INDIGNITAS